Now on to the story.
Although we only have four chickens -- pop quiz, do you know all four names?? -- I sell what eggs we cannot consume to pay for their feed. Self-sustaining chickens. Now if only the donks would pull their weight. Sigh...
The girls are fed only organic feed. This choice really sprang from my desire to put uncontaminated eggs into our bodies, but now that the girls are part of the family (at least in my eyes) I want them to be healthy too. I sell the eggs for $3 per dozen. I've been told that's unreasonably cheap and that I should up the ante. But, I'm not convinced the market here would bear a significant hike in price. We decided to get a better factual fix on whether the current price is actually covering the cost of feed.
Hence this hi-performance chart.
If you can make sense of it, you can see that from January 9 through February 3 the clucks produced 76 eggs. We kept count through one bag of feed. Now, of course, sizes of feed bags vary and this was a smaller poundage. But it still gives us a starting point.
The long and short of it is, I think we're covering costs right now.
We were darn serious about our counting. We'd remind each other to write down the all important slash marks for the day.
And four clucks were oblivious to our efforts, instead concentrating on treats. And that's as it should be.
Quiz answers: Ruby Dee, Golda, Sweet Pea and Emmy Lou. Hope you all got an "A". It will be going on your permanent record.